1. Baptism BBQ is coming up August 4th at 10 A.M. If anyone in your group would like to be baptized, please ask them to email Pastor Julian @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring $5 for an all you can eat lunch.
2. Youth Summer Camp August 5th-9th. Cost $395 and includes five days of fun, God, and fellowship. There is a registration form that needs to be filled out along with a $95.00 deposit. You can pay the whole $395.00 also when you register if you wish. You will need to be at OB One Church on August 5th by 6 A.M. in order to receive a ride up to camp.
3. Please continue to pray for Paul and Leigh Ann Bearce. Both are fighting cancer.
Facilitator, you know your group the best. Choose to go as deep as you want with these questions, read the room & choose the best course of discussion. It is entirely possible that God will stir up a discussion that is not found in these questions. You don’t have to answer all of these questions together. It’s not an assignment to complete 😉
Make sure to pray together before you start, and invite the Holy Spirit to lead your time together. It’s possible that there are more questions to be answered here then you will have time for tonight. Select the ones that you think will be the most productive for your group.
Summer Series – Week 2
Scripture Context: Luke 7:36-50
What does Scripture say about our relationships? How do we build healthy relationships?
Q1: What about “having it all together?”
Being honest with yourself, do you consider how God actually sees you (the way Jesus saw the woman in Luke 7) in a higher way than you view yourself or how you -think- others view you?
Why do we distance ourselves from God’s opinion of us? Why are lies, that are meant to tear us down, get so much of our head & heart space?
Q2: Do we welcome & pursue?
Who did the Pharisee invite to his home? Who came anyway? Why do you think she was allowed into the house? Some people speculate that she may have been either a.) familiar with the household & there was pressure for this man to say nothing directly about it…being shocked that she showed up, or b.) that she was his child or relative, able to enter the house, but no longer ‘part’ of the family. It’s also possible that there was no connection & she simply came to see Jesus.
However you slice it, she had apparently already had a conversation with Jesus that had time to sink in.
How should we treat people who are actively in need of forgiveness & the Gospel?
Is that how we receive them in reality?
How can we take deliberate action to build relationships? With God? With each other? With ‘sinners?’
Q3: Get out of your head
What is the best way that you have seen someone serve & get outside of themselves?
What is your sure-fire, go-to way to step out of your own head & priorities & engage with other people?
Q4: Faith is inherently risky
What risks are you taking for the Gospel?
How are you walking in obedience?
You have been forgiven much, how do you think God wants you to love much?
Q5: Relationships are the way that God connects with us.
God loves loving you.
His love poured into us is too great for us to contain.
How has God wired you to engage with others & grow together?
How is He growing you through it?
Closing prayer time:
What relationships do you see God using to encourage you? Pray for these people & their encouragement, too.
How can you pray for the impact of your group? What can you all do together to impact our community?